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Man City will come back fighting after WSL title loss – Taylor

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 18 May 2024

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Gareth Taylor says that Manchester City will “come back fighting” after losing out on the Women’s Super League title on the final day.

City beat Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to goals from Mary Fowler and Lauren Hemp on Saturday, but ultimately fell just short, missing out to Chelsea on goal difference.

Emma Hayes led the Blues to a fifth consecutive WSL title with a 6-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford, having made up their inferior goal difference with an equally impressive 8-0 win over Bristol City two weeks ago.

Taylor has reflected on a “mix of emotions” after narrowly missing out on being champions.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, he said: “I feel really proud of the team’s performance. The mad thing is we could have maybe scored double figures today quite easily. That’s the difference.

“To win 18 games in the season and still come up short is not easy but we have. It’s been a big push from the team, we’ve worked incredibly hard, and we’ll come back fighting.”

When asked what lessons City can take from this season, Taylor added: “We need to improve in all areas. We have to have potentially better options from the sidelines. I think that’s really key.

“I’m so enthusiastic about the way we played today. A lot of the stuff we did was really good. That’s what inspires me to get up in the morning and fight for next season’s title.”

Goalkeeper Khiara Keating became the youngest-ever Golden Glove winner in her breakout season, as the 19-year-old kept nine clean sheets in 22 league games and conceded just 15 goals in total.

While disappointed about Saturday’s outcome, Keating looked back on the highlights of her season.

She said: “Obviously we are disappointed. We wanted to go out and win a trophy today. We knew what we had to do, and we didn’t quite get it done.

“Hopefully next season in the Champions League we can show what we’re about and go and win some trophies.

“From a personal point of view, my breakout season had a lot to prove at the start of the season, everyone was kind of.. Not doubting but wondering what I’d be like. I hope I’ve shown everyone what I can do.

“Gaz [Taylor] put his faith in me to go and play how I play and that is what I needed to go out there and do what I did this season.”

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